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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

Animal Encounters

Weekdays, unscheduled.

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily – you never know who you’ll see. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we’re giving weekday Animal Encounters at unscheduled times in the theater. Pop in and see who’s there!

Discover Wild Wonders

Close Encounters
with animals.
A sloth? A lynx? You never know who you'll meet at a Close Encounter. Get close-up to animals as zookeepers explain just what makes them so wonderful. In the theater weekdays at unscheduled times to avoid congestion.
Wild Zoo Tour
Walk on the wild side.
Grab your phone or camera and your household and tour the zoo before we open! This unique Zoo For You experience gets you prime animal time, ending with a special animal encounter at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.
Zoo For You

Meet the stars!

Herald
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

Lar Gibbon Brothers Arrive at Zoo

“Whoop, Whoooooop, Whoop-whoop!” There’s a new set of sounds heard throughout Point Defiance Park, coming from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. It’s the sound of two young lar gibbons singing loudly in unison. Also known as white-handed gibbons, they are an endangered primate in the gibbon family with around 15,000 currently living in the wild. … Continued

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2020 Year in Photos

What a year this has been! From clouded leopard AI to a new muskox calf, from Zoolights to HeroRATs and everything in between, we’ve captured this year in our best photos of 2020.  

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Farewell, Walrus Boys!

They were rescued together as orphaned calves. Then they went to live at separate zoos for seven years before reuniting as “teenagers” here at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Now, Pacific walruses Mitik and Pakak are moving out to the exciting world of a walrus harem to be with – and hopefully breed with – … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.